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At the end of July every year pilgrims gather in the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain and celebrate its biggest festival of the year: the St James Festival.
Now Liverpool has the chance to sample the food along one of the routes from the comfort of their own city on Thursday 25th July. Pilgrim’s food is inspired by this ancient pilgrimage as the team curate the menu around the different routes pilgrims take to Santiago de Compostela.
This route or ‘camino’ named ‘The French Way’ starts in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port located in the French Pyrénées and runs through Pamplona, Burgos, Castilla Y Leon and on to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, arriving in time for St James Festival. This festival is a chance for pilgrims to celebrate their journey. For Pilgrim’s inaugural celebration of the St James Festival, the restaurant will offer this one-off six course tasting menu for £50 with the option to add wine, a different one to compliment each course.
The tasting menu will be based on The French Way, taking customers on a culinary journey to emulate the pilgrimage of nearly 800KM. The first stop in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port will feature smoked butter poached scallops with cucumber and keta caviar. Next up, Pamplona. Rainbow trout with smoked tomato will be served, followed by Burgos with Morcilla De Burgos (Spanish blood sausage), leek and almonds filling plates.
León will welcome goat on a chickpea fabada with migas whilst to represent the town of Sarria, attendees will witness octopus and potato crisp with a broad bean salsa. For the last stop in Santiago de Compostela diners will tuck into a St James tart made with beer-poached cherries.
Anthony Power, Pilgrim co-founder says “The Festival of Saint James is one of the most widely celebrated feast days across Spain and we are excited to bring our version of this special day to Liverpool. The 6-course menu will feature seasonal and sustainably sourced produce that will take diners on a culinary pilgrimage along the French Way Camino, culminating with a St. James tart dessert; our take on the famous ‘Torta de Santiago’ that is enjoyed by thousands of weary pilgrims upon reaching Santiago de Compostela and the end of their long journey.”
Pilgrim was founded by Jamie Duffield, Dave Bone and Anthony Power. Pilgrim saw off the competition on the hit BBC show My Million Pound Menu. Pilgrim has brought an experience to Liverpool like no other in the city, drawing inspiration by following specific routes across the pilgrimage making every visit different. There are currently 12 established and well-travelled routes of the Camino. These routes have motivated their culinary vision.
We recently visited Pilgrim inside Duke Street Market to meet the owners and find out what people can expect.
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